Sunderland striker feared he would be blinded after eye injury against Swansea City

Nicklas Bendtner in pain after his injury against Swansea City.
Nicklas Bendtner in pain after his injury against Swansea City.

NICKLAS Bendtner feared he might lose his sight in one eye after the injury which broke his eye socket earlier this year in the game against Swansea City, the striker has revealed.

And as the 24-year-old waited for hours for his sight to return, he also wondered whether his football career itself might in jeopardy.

A masked Nicklas Bendtner slots home his penalty against Newcastle United.

A masked Nicklas Bendtner slots home his penalty against Newcastle United.

He said: “I couldn’t see out of my eye for four or five hours and had to be hospitalised overnight as well.

“I don’t mind getting kicked because that’s part and parcel of the game. You can get away with a broken nose, or broken jaw – that will heal.

“But your eyes – they are the most important thing.”

“And when I realised what had happened, my first thought was ‘Jeez. I’m blind!’”

Read the full story on Bendtner’s fears for his sight – and his career – in today’s Sportmail.